Canadian Stocks to DRIP

Canadian Stocks to DRIP

Recently, while discussing dividend investing with a friend, the topic of DRIP (dividend reinvestment plan), specifically synthetic-DRIPs, came up on Canadian companies. Both he and I invest in companies through a discount broker, which does not support full DRIP and the discussion revolved around total investment dollars needed to DRIP in each company. This gave me an idea to compile the Canadian Dividend All-Star list of companies to see how much one needs to invest to achieve synthetic DRIP.

Note that this exercise is merely meant to be a resource that I am sharing and a company at either end of the scale may or may not be the best investment. Investors are recommended to perform due diligence before investing in any of the companies.

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The Risks of Investing in Foreign Currency

The following is a guest post by Jason Haze.

Investing in foreign currency can seem like one of the risk-free ways of investing, but this is not really the case. There are certain risks that come with this type of business. Ignoring these risk may leave you losing your way so it’s best to learn a thing or two about the currency trading. There are a number of things that can be done to reduce the risk but some dangers will still be there. Many people have lost some money by going in not knowing the risks they were exposing themselves to.

What are the risks of investing in foreign currency?

Politics plays a role

If you think politics doesn’t touch every pore of our lives, you might want to think again. Even investing in foreign currency is influenced by politics. Why? Just like any international investment, the currency value bears some correlation to the internal conditions of a given nation. This is why it is always important to learn the political, economic, and institutional setting in which a given currency trades.

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Chatter Around the World – 141

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.

China's M&A Capital Flows Outside Asia 2015-2016

China’s M&A Capital Flows Outside Asia 2015-2016

Let’s dive into the links that caught my attention this week.

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General Dynamics in Focus

This is a guest post by Ben Reynold at Sure Dividend.  Sure Dividend helps individual investors build high quality dividend growth portfolios.

General Dynamics (GD) is the 4th largest publicly traded aerospace and defense corporation based on market cap.

  1. The Boeing Company (BA) has a $89 billion market cap
  2. United Technologies (UTX) has a $83 billion market cap
  3. Lockheed Martin (LMT) has a $67 billion market cap
  4. General Dynamics (GD) has a $42 billion market cap

The company has a long corporate history.  General Dynamics was founded in 1952.  The company has paid steady or increasing dividend every year since 1984.

In addition, General Dynamics has also paid increasing dividends fo4 24 consecutive years.  The company’s April 2016 dividend increase will make it eligible to be a Dividend Aristocrat.

The image below shows General Dynamics’ impressive dividend history:

General Dynamics Dividend History

The company’s long dividend streak shows management prioritizes the dividend.

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Geographical Revenue Diversification of My Holdings

Over the course of last few days, most companies have either released annual reports or filed 10-K with SEC, which reminded to go back and update my geographical revenue diversification data. Last time I reviewed this was in Dec 2014, where I evaluated the geographical diversification of my holdings.

To reiterate from the old article, simply looking at the domain of a company where the stock is listed does not provide us with the full picture since we live in a global economy with multinational companies. Most companies have international operations and record revenue from various geographic regions. Looking at each company’s geographical revenue diversification of my holdings provides me with that extra bit of knowledge, visibility and understanding of my portfolio.

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